Weekend getaway: Kent Parks Christmas Rush

What: A 5-kilometer (3.1 miles) or 10-kilometer (6.2 miles) fun run in Kent on a flat, fast course. Last year, more than 1,800 people participated in the event that is organized by Kent Parks and Recreation.

When: Saturday, first race starts at 9:50 a.m.

Where: Russell Road Park, 24400 Russell Road, Kent.

Activities: There will be live music, drawings for prizes and awards for the winners. Prizes will we be awarded to the top finishers in each age group and the overall winners.

History: This is the 28th running of the Christmas Rush.

Getting there: From Interstate 5, take the Kent-Des Moines Road exit and drive east toward Kent. Turn left on Meeker Street, then right on Russell Road. Russell Road Park will be on your right.

Cost: $20, race shirt is $10 extra.

Of note: The 5K race starts at 9:50 a.m. and the 10K starts at 10 a.m. Registration for both races starts at 8:30 a.m. Ages 13 and younger can participate for free. While parking is allowed only at Russell Road Park, the race begins at the Riverbend Golf Complex. Registration is available at

Information:, 253-856-5050